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In Honor of 

Our Lady of La Salette 

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Nihil Obstat: 
Manchester, N. H. 
Die 24 Februarii 1950 
L. P. Routhier, Cens. Libr. 

^Matthew F. Brady, D.D. 
Bishop of Manchester, N. H. 
February 25, 1950 

The Apparition of La Salette 

On the nineteenth of September, 1846, 
our Blessed Mother appeared to two chil- 
dren, Maximin Giraud, age 11, and 
Melanie Mathieu, age 14. The appari- 
tion took place on an Alpine slope near 
the town of La Salette in France. 

The two children, while tending cattle, 
came upon Our Lady enveloped in light 
and seated upon a stone. Her hands 
covered Her face but they at once realized 
that She was weeping. At first they be- 
came frightened, but as She rose and spoke 
saying, "Come near, my children, be not 
afraid, I am here to tell you great news 33 , 
They approached and stood before Her in 
mute admiration. 

Having become accustomed to the bril- 
liant light that surrounded "The Beautiful 
Lady 33 , they at once saw that Her shoes 
were sparkling white, the buckles thereon 
were square and golden. Encircling Her 
shoes were tiny roses which were not crush- 
ed as She stood on the tips of the blades 
of grass. Over a shining white robe, She 
wore a full length golden apron. Along 
the border of a white kerchief adorning 
Her robe, there were roses of many colors 
and a thin golden chain. A crucifix and 
the pincers and hammer of the Sacred Pas- 
sion rested on Her breast. Her headdress 


was white and crowned with a diadem 
wreathed with roses of many hues. 

She was so resplendent in h&ht that the 
noon-day sun seemed to lose its brilliancy. 
Her face was exceedingly beautiful yet 
profoundly sad. It bespoke the beauty of 
heaven, yet it portrayed the burden of 

With rapt attention the two children 
listened as they heard "The Beautiful 
Lady 33 speak : 

"If my people will not submit, I shall be forced 

to let go the arm of my Son. It is so strong, so 

heavy, that I can no longer withhold it. — How 

long a time do I suffer for You! If I would 

not have my Son abandon you, I am compelled 

to pray to him without ceasing. And as to you, 
you take no heed of it. — However much you 

pray, however much you do, you will never 

recompense the pains I have taken for you. 

— Six days have I given you to labor, the 

seventh I have kept for myself, and they will 

not give it to me. It is this which makes the 

arm of my son so heavy. 

Those who drive the carts cannot swear without 
using the name of my Son. — These are the 
two things which make the arm of my Son so 
heavy. If the harvest is spoilt, it is all on your 
account. I gave you warning last year in the 
potatoes, but you did not heed it. On the con- 
trary, when you found the potatoes spoilt, you 
swore, you took the name of my Son in vain. 


They will continue to decay, so that by Christ- 
mas there will be none left." 

Our Blessed Mother had been speaking 
French to the children, but Mclanic, not 
knowing the meaning of the French word 
for potatoes, turned toward Maximin to 
ask him if he knew what " pommcs-dc- 
terre" meant, upon which "The Beautiful 
Lady", continuing to speak, said: — ee Ah! 
you do not understand French, my chil- 
dren well! wait, I will say it in different 
way". Then speaking in the local dialect, 
she said: — "If you have wheat, it is not good 
to sow it; all that you sow the insects will eat. 
What comes up will fall into dust when you 
thresh it. — There will come a great famine. 
Before the famine comes, the children under 
seven years of age will be seized with trembling 
and they will die in the hands of those who hold 
them; the walnuts will become worm-eaten, the 
grapes will rot." 

Our Blessed Mother then confided a 
separate secret to each of the children, 
neither of them knowing what had been 
said to the other, yet each remarked Her 
moving lips. Having entrusted these 
secrets, Our Lady continued: — 

"If they are converted, the stones and the 
rocks will be changed into heaps of wheat, and 
the potatoes will be self-sown." 

She then said: — "Do you say your prayers 
well, my children?" 


"Oh, no, Madame, not very well,'* they 

"Ah! my children, you must be sure to say 
them well, morning and evening; when you 
cannot do better, say at least an Our Father 
and a Hail Mary. But when you have time, 
say more. — There are none who go to Mass 
but a few aged women, the rest work on Sun- 
day all the summer; and in winter, when they 
know not what to do they go to Mass, only to 
mock at religion. During Lent they go to the 
meat market like dogs." 

"Have you ever seen wheat that is spoilt, 
my children?" 

Maximin replied: "No, Madam, I have never 
seen any." 

"But, my child, you must surely have seen 
some once, with your father, near Coin. — The 
master of the field told your father to go and 
see his ruined wheat. You were both together. 
You took two or three of the ears into your 
hands and rubbed them and they fell all into 
dust. On your return home, when you were 
still half an hour's distance from Corps, your 
father gave you a piece of bread and said to 
you: 'Here, my child, eat some bread this year 
at least; I don't know who will eat any next 
year, if the wheat goes on like that'." 

Maximin replied: "Oh! yes, Madame, I 
remember now. For the moment I did not 


Then our Blessed Mother, speaking French 
again, said: ''Well my children, you will make 
this known to all my people." 

Having said this she turned, crossed the 
rivulet Sezia, repeating as She went: "Well, my 
children, you will make this known to all my 

"The Beautiful Lady", as the children 
later spoke of her, then moved slowly to 
the top of the incline. Once there, she 
stopped for an instant, rose more than a 
yard into the air, turned her gaze toward 
the city of Rome, and then vanished. The 
light alone remained but in an instant it, 
too, vanished. 

That evening when the children re- 
turned home they related to the people 
of the town all they had seen and heard. 

Since the apparition, our Lady's mes- 
sage has been preached throughout the 
world. This work has been entrusted to 
a Congregation of priests known as the 
Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, 
which had its origin in 1852. Blessed by 
their sorrowful Mother of the Alps, these 
Fathers have foundations on five conti- 
nents of the globe, fulfilling Our Lady's 
command: — "My children, you will make 
this known to all my people." 



in honor of 


(This Novena can be made at anytime, 
but it is customary to make it from the 
1 Ith to the 19th of each month). 


In casting myself at thy feet, O loving 
Mother, to ask thee: (here mention your 
request), I cannot help remembering that 
thou earnest on the mountain of La 
Salette, first of all, to remind me of my 
Christian duties. Therefore, there is no 
surer way for me to have my petition 
granted, than to return to the friendship 
of Jesus, by a sincere confession, and to 
endeavor with my whole strength to over- 
come my besetting sin. O Virgin Recon- 
ciler of sinners, obtain for me this most 
precious of all graces, for, with it all the 
rest shall be added unto me. The number- 
less miracles obtained by those who invoke 
thee under the title of Our Lady of La 
Salette, fill my heart with hope that my 
petition shall prove as fortunate as those 
addressed to thee, by so many other sup- 
pliants. Vouchsafe, O Mother, during 
each day of my novena, to instill into my 
heart some of the teaching of thy merciful 

Practice — Consecrate yourself to Our 
Lady of La Salette. 



O sorrowful Mother, why those tears 
shed in the wild solitude, on the rock 
which thou madest for a while thy earthly 

My child, happy would I be, if my grief 
should inspire you with a heart-felt sorrow 
for your sins, and with a firm resolution to 
lead a better life! The land of your heart, 
as the Prophet says, is made desolate, be- 
cause of your love for the world and its 
empty pleasures, because of your forget- 
fulness to meditate upon the most impor- 
tant truths of faith, i.e., your last end, to- 
gether with the dreadful consequences, 
both here and hereafter, of your thought- 
lessness. Retire into solitude and there my 
Son will speak to your heart, and will 
breathe into your soul the proper means of 
securing your salvation. 

O Mother, the motives that urge me to 
mingle my tears with thine are innumer- 
able. I will not resist Jesus' call any longer. 
Henceforth, with thy powerful aid, my 
thoughts, words and actions shall corres- 
pond to the wishes of the Divine Heart of 

Practice — Recite ten Hail Marys and 
ten invocations to Our Lady of La Salette 
to ask for a deep hatred of sin. 



What, O Mother, is the meaning of the 

bright cross which shines upon thy breast? 

Why this stream of tears trickling down 
thy heavenly face and rolling over the 
golden cross on which they are burnt away 
as on a fire of Love? 

My child, was your soul never defiled by 
a mortal sin? Did you never scoff at my 
Son, thus crucifying anew your Saviour 
and your God? Is not the cross, that 
sacred emblem of salvation, scornfully 
banished from all the places where it used 
once to stand in honor? Such iniquities 
should be washed away by tears of blood! 
Strive, therefore, to appease my Son's 
wrath and to mitigate His vengeance. 
Stand in fear that the Sacred Blood which 
once flowed on Calvary, should now fall 
revengefully upon your head, and the 
heads of those you hold dearest in this 
world! Dread that you should be deserted 
by God! Contemplate Jesus on His Cross. 
Humbly adore Him and pour forth your 
most heart-felt thanks at His feet. Remem- 
ber that, with Him, there is a remedy for 
every evil. There is no virtue but finds in 
Him a perfect model. Bear His cross on 
your breast, but chiefly in your heart. And 
in return, heaven shall be your reward. 

Practice — Kneel before a crucifix and 
say an act of contrition for your sins. 



The witness of thy Apparition, O sweet 
Mother, vie with each other in telling me 
of the extreme simplicity of thy dress, and 
the modesty of thy looks. What a lesson 
for my pride and vanity, to behold thee 
clothed with a common gown, a simple 
neckerchief, a humble apron, and a cap 
completely covering thy ears and thy hair. 
Who could but admire thy carefulness in 
concealing thy angelic face from the eyes 
of the small boy? No sorrowful Mother, 
thou couldst not more forcibly reprove 
pride, luxuriousness and sensuality, the 
allurements of which make numberless 
victims, both in this world and in the next. 
Help me, O Mother, to fly from the world 
and its distractions; to lead an interior life 
in order to become like Saint Paul, "the 
good odor of Christ unto God." Help me 
to understand better that, to keep my 
heart pure, I must endeavor to be humble, 
to love mortification and to shun the sinful 
pleasures of the*world. 

Practice — Recite the Litany of Our 
Lady of La Salette. 



The flood of thy tears at La Salette, O 
sorrowful Mother, ceased only with thy 
words, as the little shepherdess said. And 
it was noticed that thou didst weep more 
abundantly, while speaking of our greatest 
sins, i. e., blasphemy, profanation of the 
Lord's day, violation of the laws of fast 
and abstinence, rebellion against God and 
His Church, indifference in regard to thy 
supernatural warnings, and ingratitude for 
thy gifts and thy love. Let thy tear-be- 
dewed face always be before my eyes, that 
it may soften my heart, and impart to it 
the grace of a true repentance! And to 
prove that I am heartily sorry for my sins, 
I will, from this day, spare no effort to 
combat the great crimes with which thou 
didst reproach us in thy Apparition. 

Practice — Recite an act of reparation 
for the sins of mankind. 



Do you pray well, my child? . . . You 
should pray morning and evening. You 
know what my Son says about prayer in 
His Gospel : "We ought always to pray, and 
not to faint," i. e., not to be faint-hearted 
in prayer. "For without me," that is, 
without my grace, "you can do nothing" 
meritorious for heaven. Remember that 
grace is granted only through prayer. 
"But," says my Son, "if you ask the Father 
anything in My name, He will give it to 
you." Ask, therefore, with a pure and 
righteous heart, confidently, submissively, 
perseveringly, "and you shall receive". 
Prayer is the key of the heavenly treasures. 
The cry of your misery goest up to God, 
and mercy descends forthwith. If, then, 
you wish to be a saint, be a lover of prayer. 
I myself pray incessantly for you in heaven. 
— O sweet Mother, help me to understand 
the deep meaning of these few words! I 
will never forget that prayer is a necessity 
for the human heart, and the happiness of 

Practice — Examine yourself to see how 
you say your daily prayers. 



Who would imagine, O loving Mother, 

that man is so wicked and so careless about 
his own welfare, as to turn into a deadly 
poison for his soul what God, in His in- 
finite mercy, intended for his salvation, 
and for his greatest happiness. And yet, 
this is exactly what we learn from one of 
thy maternal reproaches: "They go to 
Mass," sayest thou, "only to scoff at reli- 

Alas! how many Catholics are there, 
who keep entirely away from the church? 
And if they do go, their evil dispositions 
make them all the more guilty. How many 
poor sinners are there, who, instead of 
going to the sacred fountains of the Sacra- 
ments to quench the fire of their unruly 
passions, scornfully disdain these divine 
gifts and sacrilegiously profane them! 
Would to God that, with thy all powerful 
help, I should never defile my soul with a 
sacrilege! My confessions shall always be 
as sincere as I would have them when my 
last day comes. Henceforth my respectful 
behavior in assisting, at Mass, will prove 
my tender love and my profound esteem 
for this holy Sacrifice. 

Practice — Attend Holy Mass and receive 
Holy Communion. 



O loving Mother, how vividly real do 
the secrets of thy maternal heart appear in 
thy merciful Apparition! How greatly they 
increase and strengthen my confidence in 
thee! O amiable Mother, how mercifully 
thou bearest the rebukes encountered in thy 
endeavors to bring back to God the hearts 
of thy erring children. One may remain 
deaf to the call of thy love and engaging 
goodness; but he will yield to thy tears. 
For the tears of a mother go straight to 
the heart and melt it. But, as regards those 
whose hardened hearts despise even thy 
tears, thou hast awful threats and terrible 
chastisements in store for them. Yet, even 
then, how much like those of a mother 
are thy reproofs and punishments! With 
one hand thou strikest, while with the 
other thou upholdest. Even when we go 
astray, thy watchful and maternal eyes 
follow us in the minutest details of life, 
to detect the slightest good sentiments of 
our hearts, in order to reward them. Who 
would not strive to inflame every heart 
with love and respect for thee? 

Practice — Speak to one of your friends 
and acquaintances of Our Lady of La 



The days of my novena have come to an 
end, and I have hardly begun to meditate 
upon the teachings of thy Apparition. 
How solacing for our wearied hearts to 
contemplate thee and to pour forth our 
humble prayers at thy feet! Hours spent 
with thee are but as instants which pass 
with a flight as rapid as that of the light- 
ning-flash. But, as thou didst once say to 
the shepherds enraptured by thy sight: 
"Well, my children, you will make this 
known to all my people"; so now thou 
addressest me with the same warning: 
Well, my child, you will make my teach- 
ings known to all my people. Love re- 
joices to express itself by sacrifices and 
devotedness. Teach, then, all those about 
you the necessity of serving God. Make 
known to them the religious observances, 
and the delight found in the service of 
God. And, to fulfill this sacred duty, 
meditate upon the teachings of my Ap- 
parition. O my child, let your heart be 
inflamed like that of your Mother with 
the fire of holy zeal for God's glory! Re- 
member that by edifying your fellow-crea- 
tures, and procuring their salvation, you 
secure your own. Yes! heaven is the prize! 

Practice — Make the Stations of the 
Gross for the Souls in Purgatory. 


Litany of Our Lady of La Salette 

Our Lady of La Salette, Mother of 
God, pray for us. 

Our Lady of La Salette, Queen and 
Mother of men, pray for us. 

Our Lady of La Salette, Messenger of 
Divine Mercy, pray for us. 

Our Lady of La Salette, all-powerful 
suppliant, pray for us. 

Thou who restrainest the arm of the 
Lord angered against us, pray for us. 

Thou who shcddest so many tears on 
account of our sins and misfortunes, pray 
for us. 

Thou who carest so much for us, in spite 
of all our ingratitude, pray for us. 

Thou who dost so lovingly invite us to 
have recourse to thee, pray for us. 

Thou who dost reproach us with our 
violation of Sunday and with blasphemy, 
pray for us. 

Thou who dost complain so sorrowfully 
of the profanation of holy things, pray for 

Thou who dost so strongly recommend 
prayer, and especially morning and eve- 
ning prayer, pray for us. 

Thou who dost condemn so severely our 
lusts and the shameful pleasures of the 
world, pray for us. 


Thou who dost remind us so touchingly 
of the Passion of Jesus, pray for us. 

Thou whose apparition is a source of 
salvation for poor sinners, pray for us. 

Thou who dost invite so pressingly the 
just to redouble their fervor, pray for us. 

Thou whose prophetic menaces have so 
justly alarmed the world, pray for us. 

Thou who dost promise so many bless- 
ings if we become converted, pray for us. 

Thou who didst cause to spring up at 
thy feet a fountain of miraculous water, 
pray for us. 

Thou who, after the example of Jesus, 
dost heal every infirmity, pray for us. 

Thou who dost desire to be honored 
and invoked throughout the world, pray 
for us. 

Thou who didst cause so many works of 
reparation to be undertaken and to pros- 
per, pray for us. 

Our Lady of La Salette, living example 
of charity, pray for us. 

Victim of penance and expiation, pray 
for us. 

Model of modesty and simplicity, pray 
for us. 

Standard of obedience and submission, 
pray for us. 

Source of burning zeal and of the 
apostleship, pray for us. 

Loving Mother of the poor and of 
children, pray for us. 


Light of the blind and of the ignorant, 
pray for us. 

Consolation of the sick and of the af- 
flicted, pray for us. 

Hope of the despairing, pray for us. 

Help of the Church militant, pray for 

Advocate of the Church suffering, pray 
for us. 

Glory of the Church triumphant, pray 
for us. 

By thy bitter complaints of men's sinful- 
ness, render us docile to the law of thy 
Divine Son, O Mary! 

By thy abundant tears, obtain for us the 
grace to weep over our sins, O Mary! 

By thy motherly sufferings obtain for us 
resignation in all trials, O Mary! 

By thy apparitions and thy miracles, re- 
vive the faith of thy people, O Mary! 

By the mysterious looks towards Rome, 
make us more and more devoted to the 
Holy See, O Mary! 

By thy incomparable tenderness make 
us love thee more and more, O Mary! 

By thy ravishing beauty, make us sigh 
after heaven, O Mary! 

By thy new assumption, draw us after 
thee, O Mary! 


Lord Jesus Christ, who, in Thy infinite 
mercy, didst send to us on the mountain of 


La Salette Thy ever glorious Mother in 
order to remind us of our Christian duties, 
grant that, moved by her tears and docile 
to her warnings, we may appease in this 
life Thy just anger by a sincere repentance, 
and that we may merit by our good works 
the grace to enjoy Thee eternally in 
heaven. Thou who livest and reignest 
world without end. Amen. 


Remember, Our Lady of La Salette, true 
Mother of Sorrows, the tears which thou 
didst shed for me on Calvary. Remember, 
also, the care thou hast always taken of 
me, in order to shield me from the justice 
of God. After having done so much for 
thy child, thou wilt not now abandon him. 
Inspired I by this consoling thought, I 
come to cast myself at thy feet, in spite of 
my infidelities and ingratitude. Do not 
reject my prayer, O merciful Virgin, but 
convert me; obtain for me the grace to 
love Jesus above all things, and to console 
thee by a holy life, that I may one day 
see thee in heaven. Amen. 

(500 days 3 indulgence. Pius XI) 


Our Lady of La Salette, Reconciler of 

Pray without ceasing for us who have 
recourse to thee. 

(ZOO days' indulgence. Pius XI) 




Most holy Mother, Our Lady of La 
Salette who, for love of me, didst shed 
such bitter tears in thy merciful appari- 
tion, look down with kindness upon me as 
I consecrate myself to thee without re- 
serve. From this day, my glory shall be 
to know that I am thy child. May I so 
live as to dry thy tears and console thy 
afflicted heart. Beloved Mother, to thee 
and to thy blessed charge and sacred keep- 
ing and into the bosom of thy mercy, for 
this day and for every day, and for the 
hour of my death I commend myself, 
body and soul, every hope and every joy, 
every trouble and every sorrow, my life 
and my life's end. Deign, O dearest 
Mother, to enlighten my understanding, 
to direct my steps, to console me by thy 
maternal protection, so that exempt from 
all error, sheltered from every danger of 
sin, strengthened against my enemies, I 
may, with ardor and invincible courage, 
walk in the paths traced out for me by 
thee and Thy Son. Amen. 



(According to her own words to the shepherds) 

Cause 1. — Disobedience to God and to 
all lawful authority: "If my people will 
not submit, I shall be forced to let fall the 
arm of my Divine Son." 

Cause 2. — Indifference to our heavenly 
Mother: "If I would not have my Son 
abandon you, I am compelled to pray to 
Him without ceasing, and as for you, you 
take no heed of it." 

Cause 3. — Profanation of the Lord's 
Day: "Six days have I given you to labor, 
and the seventh I have kept for Myself, 
and they will not give it to Me . . . There 
are none who go to Mass but a few aged 
women, the rest work on Sunday, all the 
Summer, and in Winter they go to Mass 
only to mock at religion." 

Cause 4. — Taking the Lord's name in 
vain: "Those who drive the carts cannot 
swear without using the name of My son." 

Cause 5. — Neglect of prayer and pen- 
ance: "You must be sure to say your 
prayers well, morning and evening . . . 
During Lent, they go to the meat market 
like dogs." 



1. — I will never eat flesh-rneat on days of 

abstinence, and I will avoid all excess 
in the use of intoxicating liquors. 

2. — I will observe the Lord's Day, and 

cause others to do so. 

3. — I will obey with docility and love all 

my superiors, both spiritual and tem- 

\. — I will have recourse to Our Lady of 
La Salette in all my necessities and I 
will strive to spread her devotion. 

5. — I will be faithful to say my morning 
and evening prayers. 

Do you say the family rosary in your